The next four days cannot pass soon enough! I’m focusing on my recovery period more so than the upcoming gall bladder surgery. (at least that’s what I keep telling myself) The truth is, no one wants to have surgery, but, in this case, I so want it behind me so I can move toward better health! I’ve been on bed rest for the last three weeks since my ER visit and this is entirely contrary to my normal routine. I’m usually very busy, so this little “vacation” of sorts, a miserable one at that, has been very strange.
The nurse called from the hospital yesterday to review my medical history, etc. and really put my mind at ease when we discussed my past vasovagal response. She noted on my file for them not to place the i.v. in my hand, but in my arm rather. What a huge answer to prayer this was!! I really did not want to pass out again in pre-op, like I did previously with another surgery. This offers a great deal of peace of mind for me and is so comforting to know they will respect my wishes. Of course, I may have to remind the pre-op nurse of this on the morning of my surgery, but now I feel comfortable making my preference known and knowing they can accommodate it.
It is never a good feeling being out of control and that is exactly what a vasovagal response is. It’s an involuntary reaction to pain or a situation that your physical body wants to escape. And so, you pass out – sort of a self-preservation response. So, I’m very glad to remove this scenario from possibly reoccurring altogether.
I’m so looking forward to feeling better! I’ve been trying to reassure my kids (16 & 18) that this is a very routine surgery and I may be home the same day, etc. They’ve been so concerned about me but I think they’re relaxing a little now. I hope so. I don’t want them to worry. First of all, I know ultimately I’m in God’s hands and there is a great peace knowing that! Secondly, I believe the surgeon is highly skilled and the hospital is very competent. So, I believe my surgery should go smoothly and I’ll be on the mend very shortly. This time next week, my body will be in the healing phase! Praise the Lord for that!
Then, I will recover for a couple months and have a hysterectomy. (glutton for punishment, huh?) Again, while I’m not looking forward to the surgery itself, I am excited about my recovery. 2016 will be a humdinger of a year but I know that God is walking beside me each step of the way and that gives me great peace! I also am confident that He is working ALL things together for my good and His glory! (Romans 8:28)
My husband and kids have been wonderful caretakers of me and I’m grateful for that. I am, however, looking forward to resuming my normal responsibilities once I recover.
Last night our Bible study leader brought chicken, rice, salad and cupcakes for dinner, which was very thoughtful. The kids were very excited. And a couple neighbors have offered to bring dinner post-surgery too. And our Bible study leader will bring dinner again next week. We appreciate their kindness so much. I think the last time we had someone bring us dinner was when our daughter was born – 18 years ago! We are so accustomed to blessing others that sometimes it’s a little strange being on the receiving end. Although if there ever was a time when someone needs a blessing – it’s when they’re going to have surgery, I have to say.
If you would, please say a prayer regarding my surgery and for peace for our family. Thanks so much! Blessings!
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble…Be still and know that I am God.” ~ Psalm 46:1,10